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Firearms, Bows & Ammunition Legal for Deer Hunting

Hunting Regulations Icon New Jersey Hunting

Season(s)

Weapon Type

Gauge, Caliber or Draw Weight

Projectile(s)

Firearm sights; Bow releases

Fall Bow
Permit Bow
Winter Bow

Bow: long, recurve, ­compound or crossbow. 35 pounds pull at archer’s draw length (long and recurve bows) or peak weight (compound bow) or 75 pounds minimum draw weight (crossbow) Arrows must be ­fitted with a well-sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of ¾” Handheld release devices are ­permitted

Permit
Muzzleloader Season

Muzzleloader: rifle or smoothbore, ­single-barrel, ­single-shot. Flintlock, ­percussion and in-line ­ignitions permitted. Electronic ignitions are not legal. Double-barrel firearms ­prohibited. Rifle: not less than .44 ­caliber

Smoothbore: not smaller than 20 gauge and not larger than 10 gauge

Must be loaded with a ­single projectile only Telescopic sights ­permitted

Six-day Firearm Season

Bow: long, recurve, ­compound or crossbow. 35 pounds pull at archer’s draw length (long and recurve bows) or peak weight (compound bow) or 75 pounds minimum draw weight (crossbow) Arrows must be ­fitted with a well-sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of ¾” NOTE: bowhunters must possess both a firearm and a bow and arrow license during this season.
Shotgun: single or double barrel, rifled bore or smoothbore Not smaller than 20 gauge and not larger than 10 gauge, capable of holding no more than three shells Slugs: lead, lead alloy or copper rifled slug or ­sabotted slug

Buck shot: sizes not ­smaller than #4 (0.24″) nor larger than #000 (0.36″)

Shotgun must have an adjustable open iron or peep sight or a scope affixed if hunter is hunting with or in ­possession of slugs
Muzzleloader: ­single-shot, single barrel rifle OR ­single or double-barrel smoothbore shotgun. Flintlock, ­percussion and ­­in-line ­ignitions permitted. Electronic ignitions are not legal. Muzzleloading rifle: single shot not less than .44 ­caliber

Smoothbore: single or ­double-barrel not smaller than 20 gauge and not ­larger than 10 gauge

Muzzleloading rifle: single ­projectile

Smoothbore: buck shot not smaller than #4 (0.24″) nor larger than #000 (0.36″) or a single projectile

Telescopic sights permitted

Permit Shotgun Season

Shotgun: single or double barrel, rifled bore or smoothbor­­e Not smaller than 20 gauge and not ­larger than 10 gauge, capable of holding no more than three shells Slugs: lead, lead alloy or copper rifled slug or sabot slug

Buck shot: sizes not ­smaller than #4 (0.24″) nor larger than #000 (0.36″)

Shotgun must have an adjustable open iron or peep sight or a scope affixed if hunter is hunting with or in ­possession of slugs
Muzzleloader: ­single or double-barrel smoothbores only (no rifles.) Flintlock, percussion and ­­in-line ­ignitions permitted Not smaller than 20 gauge and not ­larger than 10 gauge Buck shot: sizes not ­smaller than #4 (0.24″) nor larger than #000 (0.36″) or a single projectile